“Mistaken” is yet another debut novel that has convinced me that I must add its author to my rapidly growing list of must read authors. I found Karen Barnett’s writing to be easily read with a fresh plot and characters with whom I could identify.

With an undependable alcoholic father and a brother she suspected was not only a rumrunner but was also supplying her father with illegal booze, Laurie Burke  understandably hated alcohol. When she runs into Daniel Shepherd late at night on the beach where she has attempted to intercept her brother, Laurie assumes he is working with the rumrunners. Daniel assumes the same about Laurie. Laurie is determined to find an honorable man and believes that Federal Agent Samuel Brown meets her requirements but why can’t she get Daniel out of her mind?

With a fast paced plot where nothing is exactly as it seems and surprises abound, “Mistaken” was the perfect page-turner. I look forward to future books by Karen – hopefully soon!

This book was provided for review by Amazon’s Vine Program.


MistakenSince booze and prohibition have made criminals out of every man in her world, Laurie Burke resolves to find at least one honorable man to fill her life. Convinced that handsome newcomer Daniel Shepherd is connected with her brother’s rum-running gang, Laurie quickly scratches his name off her list. 

Daniel has mixed feelings about returning to the dirty mill town of his youth, but grudgingly agrees to manage his grandfather’s drug store until a replacement can be found. The moment he meets Laurie on the windswept bluff overlooking the beach, he knows that if he can earn her love, he might have a reason to stay. But when Laurie pushes him away–for none other than Federal Agent Samuel Brown–Daniel wonders if Laurie really is the upstanding woman he thought her to be.

The Strait of Juan de Fuca, just off the beaches of Port Angeles, Washington, was treacherous water for reckless rumrunners—and the agents who tried to catch them. So when she realizes her brother is in danger, romance is the last thing on Laurie’s mind. Yet the people she believes she can trust, may not be so honorable after all.


Karen BarnettKaren’s first novel, MISTAKEN, released in July 2013 with Abingdon Press. She is published in several nation magazines, including “Birthday Wish” which appeared in Guideposts Magazine in February 2010. Karen is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Agency.


Karen lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, two children, three furry felines and the newest addition–a dachshund puppy.